Evergreen shrubs provide most of the color in my Connecticut garden for this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.
Holly’s red berries contrast beautifully with its dark green leaves.
Coast leucothoe (Leucothoe axillaris), a Connecticut native, shows off its ruby red leaf color against backdrops of mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), another Connecticut native, and carex.
Pieris andromeda similarly plays red against green.
These workhorse shrubs will provide most of the color contrast in my gardens throughout winter. But in mid-November color also holds on elsewhere.
Spiraea Double Play Artist, a Proven Winners shrub I received as a trial plant in 2011, is not yet ready to stop attracting attention.
This compact shrub is expected to grow to about two and one-half feet tall and wide. It is fast becoming one of my favorites, showing red-tinged new growth that matures to dark green, and dark pink blossoms in spring. With deadheading, the shrub will rebloom through autumn, when the leaves again provide seasonal color.
Just out of the shot of the spiraea above is a shrub rose, and this is where I found the best surprise of the morning.
Through super storm Sandy, an early Nor’easter snowfall, and nighttime temperatures into the high 20’s, this little rose managed to push out one more bloom … as if she wanted to be the November 2012 star of the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post from joene’s garden.
To see the stars blooming in gardens all over the world please visit May Dreams Gardens where Carol kindly hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of each month.